that replaces reckless cuts with smart savings and wise investments >> reporter: on foreign policy, the president announced a major troop withdrawal from afghansitan -- 34,000 by this time next year. on immigration reform, he pushed for a path to citizenship for the 11 million illigal immigrants currently in the u.s. >> "each of these proposals deserves a vote in congress." >> reporter: and on gun control - he made it clear he wants action. >> "the families of oak creek, and tucson, and blacksburg, and the countless other communities ripped open by gun violence - they deserve a simple vote." >> reporter: following the president's speech, it was the republicans' turn. florida senator marco rubio delivered his party's message. >> "as you heard tonight, his solution to virtually every problem we face is for washington to tax more, borrow more and spend more." >> reporter: president obama said that none of the ideas proposed in his speech would increase the deficit by what he called a single dime. republicans were quick to point out that none of the ideas carried a price tag, just yet.